How did K4C begin?
K4C is a social, economic and Political reform movement founded in 2008 by Hebron Mosomi as a vehicle for Kenyans to make their voices heard in the political process, hold elected officials accountable and galvanize support for new and progressive leadership in Kenya. Mosomi launched the group on facebook by inviting Kenyans to join the movement. Within 9 months, the group grew exponentially establishing over 10 Chapters in four continents. Now with over 10,000 members on facebook , supporters both in Kenya and Diaspora and 15 Chapters, K4C remains to be Kenya’s largest and fastest growing change movement committed to honest, open and accountable government. (See also about K4C)
What Change Agenda does K4C aim to Champion?
- Rule of Law
- Ethics in Government
- Accountability in Government
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Good Governance and Leadership
- Election Reforms
- Media and Democracy
Does K4C have a Motto or guiding principles?
Yes. Our motto is “No Kenyan Left Behind”.
At the center of the movement are three principles:
- Equal Opportunity for ALL
- Special Privilege for NONE
- Accountability from ALL
Who oversees and directs the affairs of the Movement?
K4C is lead by a Leadership Council comprising of members within the Homeland and Diaspora Divisions of the Movement. The Diaspora Leadership Council works with the Homeland Leadership Council to oversee the affairs of the movement. The DLC is headquartered in the United States and coordinates affairs in the Diaspora whereas the HLC is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and coordinates affairs in Kenya.
How is K4C funded?
K4C is financed primarily by the dues and contributions of its individual members within its chapters spread across the world.
What Does K4C use its funds for?
Funds donated to K4C are used to fund K4C programs which include but are not limited to:
- Civic Education Programs in communities
- Grassroots Networking for change in Kenya
- Lobbying for reform agendas
- Promoting peace and democratic ideals in our society
- Youth Empowerment Projects
- Vetting programs to identify and support reform minded citizens
How do I contribute to K4C with the online forms?
On the “Ways to Give” page there are a few options on how you’d like to support our work: Join K4C, Donate to K4C, Renew Your K4C Membership, Support Your State Organization, and Contribute by Mail. By clicking any of these links you will be directed to the appropriate online form. Simply fill out the required information and click the submit button. When your information is received we will process your contribution, and you will receive an email confirmation that the process was completed.
What if I don’t want to use my credit card on the Internet?
We understand that not everyone is comfortable using their credit cards on the Internet. If you prefer to mail your contribution, please use the downloadable, printable contribution forms and send your contribution to the address listed on the form.
To ease your hesitation, please note that our online giving forms are secured with SSL (secure socket layer) and 128-bit encryption technology. Any information you send to K4C on the forms will be encrypted during transmission. We have never had a problem with the security of donations made to K4C through our web site.
How much does it cost to join K4C?
Introductory memberships are $40 for individuals and $50 for a family (two or more individuals in the same household). Our membership categories provide guidance to those who want to support K4C and help us in planning the resources that will be available to us for our programs. If you would like to contribute an amount different from these categories, please type in your preferred gift amount. K4C is happy to accept a contribution that fits your budget.
What does membership entail?
As a member, you are an integral part of one of Kenya’s largest and most effective citizens’ lobbying organizations. You will be kept informed of all legislative developments on K4C issues and will have the opportunity to make your voice heard on important issues before Parliament. As a new member, you will receive a New Member Welcome Kit detailing the many ways you can become a Citizen Activist. Opportunities to volunteer to work on K4C issues are available at the national, state, and local levels. From time to time, you may be invited to participate in special member-only briefings with our staff.
What is the relationship between local K4C Chapters and National K4C?
K4C staff and activists in Nairobi, Kenya and in constituencies around the country work together to push for reforms at all levels of government. When you join K4C you become a member of a national organization that works on the Provincial, District, and local levels – and, in Chapters. K4C local organizations receive some funding from the national budget for general activities and specific projects, but most of their funding comes from direct contributions from K4C members in the Local organization.
Does K4C work in coalitions with other public interest groups?
K4C often works in coalitions with other organizations whose aims are consistent with ours. For instance, we have worked in several ad hoc coalitions on the issues of Peace campaigns and elections reforms.
How does K4C decide what issues will be on its agenda?
Kenyans for Change aims to work on a wide range of important issues that are relevant to wananchi. Some issues, such as election reform, will be key parts of our agenda for as long as the process is not free, fair and transparent. We listen to our members and activists, seek advice from other organizations and elected officials, and conduct research on issues in deciding on what issues we should focus our resources. Ultimately, the Kenyans for Change Leadership Council decides whether the organization should engage in a new issue. In making such decisions, the Council tries to ensure that new issues are consistent with K4C’s central goal of making our government more accountable to its citizens. (see also About K4C)
What does K4C do at the grassroots?
K4C grassroots activists lobby lawmakers on pending legislation, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces for their local newspapers, speak to community groups about K4C issues, and generally work to keep their communities well informed. We also organize events in local districts to put pressure on Members of Parliament and Provincial and local officials whose support may be wavering on key issues. These events have included town hall meetings, rallies, and issue forums, featuring speakers such as national and local legislators, coalition partners, the K4C President, and other key staff members.
Does K4C work to support or oppose specific political candidates?
K4C may support parties or candidates that are in line with its change agenda and may oppose those that seem to work against public interest. Because K4C has always lobbied on a broad range of issues we regularly work with a wide variety of elected officials in our legislature. K4C encourages its members and the public to be involved in politics and government.
If I like what I see and would like to be part of the movement, what should be my next step?
First we thank you for your interest in wanting to be part of this community of Kenyans dedicated to ensuring that we build the Kenya that we want TOGETHER. The first thing to do is to visit our website and to click on Chapters, then find your local Chapter on our electronic map, and then find your local contact person. Contact the person through email or phone and tell them that you would like to join the movement.
What resources does K4C have in place for new members to learn more about the movement?
More information on K4C may be found on our website: www. Kenyansforchange.com